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of the obama administration's counterterrorism policy. >> as "the washington post," a little disenginous saying it's on the-- >> they were getting access to the top secret information. >> it's clearly not a documentary, it's extraordinary bit of film making, but this kind of mixture of fact and fiction, we've seen this. oliver stone has been doing it for decades and other film makers, take a real situation and fold in fiction and make up characters and composite characters. it's always sort of dangerous when you're talking about real historical events and particularly dangerous when you're depicting an event critical to a war they're still engaged in. are we still engaged in these tactics, the obama administration says no. and you're signaling to the enemy what we have been willing to do in the past and i think that's a dangerous thing. >> judicial watch sued to get access, freedom of information act, access to the death photos of osama bin laden. >> yes, they did. and in my view, they'll often do anything for a story, whether they're going to get that access or not. >> jon: should they? >> i d
, but the battle really is not lost. the american government, the obama administration's trying to do what it can to stabilize things, but it's lost a lot of influence with iraq with the departure of american forces, one thing the american forces did give the united states was more clout inside iraq. >> talk about the release of a man accused of killing american soldiers, this issue that you write about in your book, the end game, but also news that came out in november about the relief of ali musa; is that correct? >> guest: yeah. well, there's a number of events that i think worked against american interests in iraq, and the case you cite is one of them. he is not an iraqi. he's a lebanese-hezbollah operative who was sent into iraq at the best of the iranian's cud force because hezbollah is supported by iran for the purposes of training shiite militias fighting american troops. he was captured by leaders in a raid conducted by the brits in which there was an american presence held in detention by the united states, but then under the status of forces agreement, he was handed over to the iraqis.
. >> last year, the obama administration had a package of recommendations that appeared to be dead on arrival. why? >> examples-simpson? >> i am assuming. -- is that the bulls-simpson? -- simpson-bowles? >> i am assuming. >> i think there was pushed back in the right way. the commission was focused on cuts and not investments. the great deficit in this country is the investment deficit, the investment in people and infrastructure. there were attempts to revive it. it was a super committee proposal. i think it is a good thing the super committee failed to reach an agreement. we will see where that goes. it was not a fair deal. there was so little revenue and so much padding. -- so much cutting. someone was writing the other day that the anti-tax mania is at an all-time low. reagan was willing to raise taxes. it shows how extreme. someone said the of the grover norquist may be the most powerful person in america. the new pledge he has held canada is to. he has held candidates -- the new pledge he has held the new candidates to is keeping millions -- it has a role to play in a country
the obama administration said correctly is let's collect the file together and put together a passport and review them to see who these people are. the task force was put together, then it got screwed up to start with because it took forever to put it up and it included every agency. match olsen was appointed director, lisa monaco was deputy assistant attorney general for what is it? counterterrorism. was his deputy. they had representatives from every agency from the cia defense intelligence agency, defense department. a very conservative, very conservative agency and there had to be unanimous opinion to clear anyone for release. they had -- all the agencies had to agree this person is not a threat to the united states and not of intelligence value. was extraordinarily careful, lugubrious, long process. many people who were not cleared have nothing on them but they couldn't come to unanimous agreement. very conservative people should be released. >> given the fact that yemen -- the kind of counterpoint to what was discussed is as you know the yemen prison system has been senior member
system. >>> the obama administration is pushing for a national gun control legislation. meanwhile, a wave of new regulations has already made its way to the california legislature. including assembly member nancy skinner's bullet bill targeting ammunition sales. >>> and a massive oil tanker sideswipes the bay bridge, alarming environmentalists and prompting a federal investigation into what caused the crash. coming up next. >>> welcome to "this week in northern california." i'm valerie coleman morris. joining me on our news panel tonight, paul rogers, environmental writer with the san jose mercury news. michael montgomery for kqed news and center for investigative reporting and josh richman, political reporter with the bay area news group. josh, good news. i mean, so often we have to have bad news when it's talking about money and the state budget. so governor brown has said it is a good news budget. what makes it different from the others that weren't? >> well, what makes it different is we have no deficit due to years of budget cuts and due to the new tax revenues we're realizing from v
at the obama administration's second-term priorities, at home and abroad. look for more disputes over the economy, foreign policy, defense cuts and gun control in the weeks to come. but for now, we take measure of the combatants. first, new treasury secretary jack lew -- a veteran of the clinton and obama white houses - who will succeed timothy geithner. >> jack has my complete trust. i know i'm not alone in that. in the words of one former senator, "having lew on your team is the equivalent as a coach of having the luxury of putting somebody at almost any position and knowing he will do well." gwen: so what does lew's appointment tell the senators who must confirm him about what comes next in our epic budget fights? david? >> i think it tells us that the president anticipates that this year will be a year dealing with taxes and spending and deficits. it will be the fifth year in which we have a trillion dollar deficit and jack lew has been budget director in two administrations. unlike timothy geithner, he has very little experience in finance. that was geithner's strong point. he ha
of the obama administration, perhaps there is some room for optimism on the national security front. i think there arlet of different pieces that make up this puzzle, that portrays a bad picture of america, and guantanamo is one piece of the puzzle. there's the question of indefinite, the programs, the military program and the cia program, impugn any for -- impugnty for torture, and pieces in the puzzle that in my view fit together to present a bad picture of america. so i'm hopeful that in the second term the administration will pull those pieces apart and clean them up and put them back together to make a better picture. but an important piece of that is guantanamo. my concern with guantanamo, makes a nice bumper sticker, close guantanamo. but closing guantanamo in my view, just creates a new guantanamo somewhere else unless you address the underlying issue of indefinite detention. i think some -- tom some some others are going to talk about is in detail, but last year on the mental anniversary there was a lot of media attention and press coverage about the tenth anniversary of guantanamo
of the obama administration, perhaps there is some room for optimism on the national security front. it portrays a better picture of guantÁnamo bay and this is one problem. there is the drone program, the military program and a cia program. impunity, torture, secrecy. wiretapping and all pieces in the puzzle as it presents a bad picture of america. i'm hoping we can pull those pieces apart and put them back together. the closing of guantÁnamo, in my view, creates a new guantÁnamo someone else must address the underlying issue of indefinite detention. on the 10th anniversary there was a lot of media attention and coverage about the 10th anniversary of guantÁnamo bay. you won't see it on google news and once you what to look for it. there is an op-ed in "the new york times". it talks about an evil that the military commissions were. so it's been very interesting over time watching this process and frustrating. i think closing guantÁnamo is the right step to take, but we also need to take a look at how we got guantÁnamo together. i don't know the bigger fiscal waste in guantÁnam
here is where we are. the obama administration knows that it's got a difficult fight on its hands. this is why the latest gun reform task force has been so wide reaching. the white house is hoping to overwhelm the nra by building a massive coalition of groups committed to change. it's the same type of strategy the obama team used in two presidential campaigns that, well, worked pretty well. the nra has a lot of power, no doubt. but the combined strength of all of the groups meeting with vice president joe biden can overwhelm the nra this time. biden says that he will deliver recommendations to the president on tuesday. the time for change is right now. it is a moment in history we cannot let spin to outer space and be gone forever. if they can't do it now, when can they do it? get your cell phones out. i want to know what you're thinking. tonight's question, will the obama administration get gun legislation passed? text a for yes and b for no. you can always go to our blog at ed.msnbc.com. we encourage you to do that. we'll bring the results later on in the show. joining me tonigh
the u.s. military, pushing for upwards of 15,000 troops, and the obama administration, which will likely look to leave just a few thousand. the president said he will make these two decisions in the coming months. >> a reminder of the top stories on on jazeera. opposition fighters in syria have taken control of the top air base, the largest military air base in northern syria. u.s. and russian diplomats met again to discuss the violence but failed offer a solution. control of has taken a strategic town. france launched an air strike to back up mali's military. the central african republic's government has signed a cease- fire agreement with an alliance of rebel groups. in national unity government will be formed under the terms of the deal. taking a bible to her venezuelan counterpart, hugo chÁvez, undergoing cancer treatment in cuba. lending to a sport -- lending support to the man who stood by her when no one else would. >> she tweeted earlier today about bringing a bible. she said she would hopefully meet with family members. she did not make a clear statement that she would meet wit
the obama administration. some of that is pos/t 9/11. in los war will lead to a decline in information transparency access. anytime you can have less sequence -- secrecy, that is good. less secrecy is needed. it was handled at the outset by partnering with newspapers like "the guardian," traditional newspapers of distinction. wikileaks released documents around the world to newspapers in india, haiti, the middle east, latin america. it has had an impact in countries we do not know enough about. we're doing a project with six editors in latin america to look at how wikileaks has played a role in their politics. >> the media got distracted by the personality issues with julian assange. it is a fascinating, dark, twisted story, whatever is true. " people got obsessed with it. >> that is what happens. >> we have a cover story on the kim kardashian wedding now. [laughter] >> you have to pay the bills. the serious side of kim kardashian. >> i do think it is a problem. we are undertaking a project next year, the kind of project inspired by the works project to have the team across the country
another continuing resolution used to fund the government and the obama administration had not passed a budget and it was coming out. the republicans in the leadership believed that the own members voted against it. and the appropriations committee, which defined these resolutions and all others was insisting on a meeting with the leadership. we are cutting spending to record lows, and yes, these guys still are voting for us. we need to tell them to fall in line and speaker boehner said that we can't do that anymore. >> so the leadership doesn't feel like they are in a position to lead. on the debt ceiling or anything else? >> yes. whole books have been devoted to the debt ceiling and specifically, you know, the so-called grand bargain between speaker boehner and obama. it fell apart. a with all due respect to the authors of those stories and books, the bottom line is that speaker boehner never had the votes anyway. whatever deal he would have struck was with the obama administration and would almost certainly have failed and he would not have been able to get sufficient votes or he w
money year after year after year. >> cenk: that's all under the obama administration. the evil corporate obama administration, and their profits went up each year. >> blame the insurance company. if you want to blame somebody, blame the insurance companies. they are the ones who are jacking up your rates. >> cenk: they're doing it before the heart of affordable care act has started yet. >> they're using it as an excuse. don't buy the propaganda. >> cenk: great work. thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. now when we come back, we've told you about climate change.. mississippi is at record low amounts, and then fires droughts disasters. we'll talk about it when we come back. >> flames devouring homes. smoke kangaroo hopping through a charred moonscape. carl. >> well man, this is the last you'll see. >> the pictures coming out of australia are apocalyptic. flames devouring homes. blossoms of smoke. a lone kangaroo hopping through a charred moonscape. it's so hot that the government had to change it's forecast map adding new shades of purple for temperatures possibly hitting 130 degree
there is a potential right now. yeah. and the obama administration should have seen this coming. they could have somehow and still can send out signals of what they intend to do with these higher decisions and the departure of nancy ann diparlo means there have got to be more women in the pipeline that the obama administration will appoint. i don't see how they can't be doing it because women were the backbone of the obama support for reelection. >> if we look at modern times and what past precedences have done, we look at president george w. bush increasing the number of women in his cabinet for 19% of his first term and the 24% in his second. president bill clinton saw the percentage of women rise from 27 to 44%. do you think that this could be the first time that we don't see the needle moving forward for a second term administration if president obama doesn't make some really sharp moves now to correct the diversity problem? >> think the pressure will be on for him to make sure that we don't see white men across the board the way we've seen in these early appointments. this is the piece of t
in the obama administration. the question is whether it happened in congress. do you anticipate a conservative congressional freakout here? other than from the predetermined one from john mccain? >> john mccain and lindsay graham and a few others may say it. very important to go back to the debt ceiling debate, we came to the edge of real financial crisis in this country. guess who was on jon stewart and stephen colbert, saying we are spending $120 billion in a country, and it's not good for america. grover norquist. this afghanistan war is not in their interest from a financial perspective from his work i think you really begin to see a quick collapse of conservative support. progressives and most independents already had a great deal of skepticism about afghanistan, but it's these debt issues that have really driven a real collapse, and there is a real support for iraq and afghanistan. anybody who supports an ongoing troop presence, and the mainstream to use, and lately that folks have tried to rile up chuck hagel. >> one last question briefly about chuck hagel. you and i talked about him be
around the state are expected to attend as the obama administration talks about new gun control laws after the deadly newtown school shooting. >> our aten dance is roughly doubled, in some cases more than doubled as people -- as guns are in the news and people are concerned about their second amendment rights going forward. >> we don't see any action and no change. >> reporter: richard is concerned about the gun shows contributing to local violence. >> you have those individuals that go out and buy guns for cheap at the gun shows and bring them to the community and sell them for more. >> reporter: richard has been fighting for a ban on gun shows for years. >> but the gun show keeps coming back. >> reporter: senator leno is a partner in the fight. >> finally, we got the bill to arnold schwarzenegger's desk and he vetoed it. >> reporter: with a different governor in office and a new national view on gun violence, leno is willing to try again. >> i think the time is right. >> now it's on the president's table. >> reporter: richard is hoping years of effort will pay off and change the re
of mass shootings in connecticut and in colorado, the obama administration is pushing for new gun safety laws. right here in california, several lawmakers have already introduced bills regulating firearms and ammunition sales. one of the latest to do so, assembly member nancy skinner of berkeley who sat down with me earlier to explain how her new bill would help curb gun violence. assembly member nancy skinner. thank you so much for joining us. >> glad to be here. >> just this week near bakersfield, california, taft high school, another shooting. what could your bill ab48 have done in that situation? >> well, the young man who did the shooting had a shotgun that he had to pump, so that's why few people were killed in that incident or shot. if he had used one of these conversion kits and turned his gun into something that could shoot lots of weapons fast, he would have killed many more people. our bill bans those conversion kits. >> ab48, what you are proposing, tell us briefly what you want to do with this bill? >> well right now in california it's easier to buy bullets than it is to buy
for federal officials to end their oversight of the california state prison system. >>> the obama administration is pushing for a national gun control legislation. meanwhile, a wave of new regulations has already made its way to the california legislature. including assembly member nancy skinner's bullet bill targeting ammunition sales. >>> and a massive oil tanker sideswipes the bay bridge, alarming environmentalists and prompting a federal investigation into what caused the crash. coming up next.
with this, paranoid america is climbing out of its bunker. the near possibility that the obama administration might stop the easy sale of the scariest guns to the scariest people has aroused the slippery slope crowd. these cousins of the grassy knoll folks believe that any limit on the wide open market for guns and ammo threatens their own hardware. any reasonable action by the american people to stop the carnage is to these paranoids the first unfaltering step to mass confiscation of everything from shotguns to daisy rifles. well, tonight we let you hear from the craziest of the crazies. my question, are the regular gun owners of this country, the people who go out and hunt in hunting season, the people who shoot skeet or simply like to pack their own bullets, regular gun enthusiasts, are they going to listen to these nut cases or joe biden when he offers proposals next week on background checks and high capacity magazines? who are the people that are going to decide this issue -- i mean the gun owners -- going to go with, the wild bunch or the town posse? david corn is washin
the doors nationwide as the obama administration consummate wraps up. >> people are just scared. that they could not buy them. they thought about getting them now they decided is the time. >> background checks were 2.7 billion and 19 million during 2012. the united -- white house wants to eliminate background checks and restrict high-capacity magazines. >> i agree with the large capacity magazines. >> over the last 20 days the nra says one of a dozen people joined out of fear of new debt restrictions. they suspect of four-point to million membership will balloon up to 5 million. and they have declared dead national debt appreciation day for people to rally with signs that say hands off my guns. guns rates groups active donating over $20 million to causes. gun-control -- contributed less than any time in 20 years. $4,000 total. the white house tries to level the playing field by tapping richest -- religious leaders, community leaders and teachers for a town hall rally like the campaign. mayor bloomberg reports 500 on negative board in thousand members since the attack on connecti
. there is different variations whether it was directly an obama administration plot or agents loosely tied with the liberal movement or even george soros. the common thread is that the tragedy was a false flag operation in order to make the country willing to give up their guns. in other words, this tragedy would happen and then we would have a discussion about gun control as we are now and then this would lay the ground work for the government to come in and take guns for some kind of future tyranical regime. >> the internet has allowed this stuff to ignite in a way never has. there have always been conspiracy theories. this has allowed more isolated people to find each other, right sf. >> absolutely. one of the chapters in my book i talk about how the internet has turbo charged the conspiracy movement. the big challenge used to be getting the word out. now, they don't try going to the mainstream media but they publish it on their website and can create their own echo chambers of paranoid individuals that share the same distress. the majority of the sandy hook revolve around gun control b
and not the summer as discussed by the obama administration that afghan forces will take the lead in all of their country and u.s. troops will step back in the advising and assisting role. >> our forces are still in harm's way and make no mistake. our path is clear and we are moving forward. >> because after a decade of war, the nation we need to rebuild is our own. >> president obama met with hamid karzai. he awaits recommendation from the pentagon and commanders on the ground as to the kind of military footprint they will need in afghanistan after 2014. and the white house has left open the possibility that the whoit white will leave troops there. nominees for security of state john kerry and chuck hagel. they are likely to favor a faster withdrawal of u.s. troops. republicans are urging caution and say we need to prevent al-qaida from moving back in afghanistan. >> they moved to north africa and moving back would not be difficult if we had a vacuum. we need to make sure the troops we train there are capable of filling the vacume of the u.s. forces when they leave. >> president obama a
story. >> i am charmed by pinch. >> kudos. >> will shooting stop if schools have cops? the obama administration is considering a $50 million plan to fund hundreds of police officers in public schools. that's part of a comprehensive gun violence agenda. meanwhile on thursday at a high school in taft, california a student shot a classmate and a teacher with a shotgun. the employee -- the armed guard was not around after being snowed in. this hired muscle gun missing torpedoes saying armed guns in schools would pro pree vent shooting. today he was snowed in and tomorrow he will be out to lunch or take his mother to the doctor or this bed with the flu. armed security guards covering every school in america is not feasible, is it? or is it? bernie you were saying in the green room you completely agree with this website. i was surprised. >> well, actually i don't think armed guards in schools is really going to solve the problem. the idea is full of holes. no pun intended, it is not a funny topic. if you put the guards in the schools, the nuts will go shoot up a bus stop. unless you ha
an obama administration plot or agents loosely tied with the liberal movement or george soros. the common thread is that the tragedy was a false flag operation to make the country give up their guns. in other words, this tragedy would happen and we would have a discussion about gun control as we are now. then they would lay the ground work for the government to take guns. possibly for some kind of future tyranical regime. >> the internet allowed all this stuff to kind of ignite in a way that it never has. there also conspiracy theories. this is a lo this allowed more people to find each other. >> the internet turbo charged the movement because the big challenge for conspiracy theorists used to be getting the word out. respectable journalists wouldn't touch their stories. they wouldn't bother, but publish it on their website and they create paranoid individual who is share the same distress. just to correct something, it is true that the majority of the theories revolve around gun control. they believe it is an israeli and iranian controlled. >> how do the israelis get involved in this? >>
into these conspiracy theories? >> yeah, there is, at least the vast majority of them. whether it was directly an obama administration plot or agents loosely tied with the liberal movement. the common threat among all of these in order to make the country willing to give up their guns. in other words, this tragedy would happen and we would have a discussion about gun control as we are now and it would lay the groundwork for a future tie ran anythingal regime. >> the internet have allowed more isolated people to find each other, right? >> yeah, absolutely. one of the chapters of my book i talk about how the internet has turbo charged the conspiracy theory movement. the bill challenge used to be getting the worth out. now conspiracy theorists, they don't try to go to that. they can create their own echo chambers who all share the same -- if i correct something. it is true a majority of the sandy hook ideas say it happened around gun control. >> why would the -- how did the israelis get involved in this? the idea is it's a stat operation. these are people who have identified evil in the universe. they thi
for the obama administration which relies heavily on egypt as a key ally in the region. i asked president morsi about that during my exclusive interview with him at the presidential palace in cairo. and he revealed his plans to visit the united states. . when will you come to the united states? when will you meet with president obama? what do you think of president obama? >> god willing, i will plan for this trip. there is no set date yet. but it will most likely be before the end of the first quarter of this year. president obama is an elected president by the american people and he grants the will of the american people by working for the interests of the american people. and this is the american people's right in their president. i respect him and i value him. he played an effective and an important role in the cease-fire against gaza, and cooperated with us in a big way. i'm still in constant contact with him. when we meet there well be chances to talk about scientific research, manufacturing, production, investments, tourism. >> so you plan to come to the united states, god willing, betwee
limit jam. and the current cap on the government borrowing is at $16.4 trillion. the obama administration says that the only solution for the problem is for congress to raise that debt ceiling. >>> some bloggers are online and they believe they have the answer to the nation's debt ceiling crisis that the treasury should simply mean a $1 trillion platinum coin. keep it in reserve, then use the money to pay bills. others say it is not realistic as far as being approached to the solution. you may have seen her and her sister marianne around becoming local staples after moving to the bay area from michigan more than four decades ago. they are unmistakable. that's after they fell ill in july. vivian brown would have turned 86 later this month. >>> and brushing your pet's teeth may seem like a difficult task. up next why it is important, much more important than what you think. >>> a surprise for the fast food drivers. no driver to be found. we'll be right back. >>> we've got a forecast that will bring a chill to your heart and to have everythin
'm nice to the regulators, particularly the obama administration who declared war on me maybe they will call off the war on me. that is not going to happen. last thing they need to see bureaucrats paid by tax dollars see a company of course i'm making decisions based on withholding dollars from your paycheck. it would be bad politics to be candid here as sadly is often the case. melissa: i guess. they seem like they open themselves up to more attacks. they say, of course, mark can i is saying now that they tried to move it in near hurricane conditions, you know they're defending it saying it was safe. it does seem like it is a very tough weatherwise time of year to be moving around. look what happened ha. look at the potential environmental impact, i don't know. >> probably tougher to leave it there. i mean they do winter these things elsewhere for reasons other than tax policy as well. risk is something, ed markey, if you look at his gislative record is destined to make sure we diaperly healthy. he wants to take risk out of life and let the government make all hard decisions
. >> kelly: good advice. new details on the obama administration's effort to overhaul the nation's gun laws, after a week of meetings with some the major players in this debate, including the n.r.a., vice-president joe biden is now preparing a list of recommendations, aimed at curbing gun violence, but critics, fear they could trample our second amendment and peter doocy with more. peter, this is shaping up to be quite a bit debate. >> reporter: it is, kelly and the vice-president's meeting with lawmakers and sportsmen and safety advocates have been behind closed doors, but he has spoken very briefly to the media off the top of each one and he gave us a quick update yesterday about his pass-- progress, but used a metaphor to demonstrate and explain whatever they come up with, it's not going to stop gun violence overnight. >> there's no silver bull there's no, as one of my friends said, no seat belt that you can put on to assure that you will not be in this circumstance again. >> reporter: the national rifle association thinks the administration's approach to curbing gun violence is all wr
by the obama administration, that afghan forces will take the lead for security in all of their country. u.s. troops will step back into an advising and assisting role. >> our forces are still in harm's way, but make no mistake, our path is clear and we are moving forward because after more than a decade of war, the nation we need to rebuild is our own. >> the white house has left open the possibility that the u.s. may not leave any troops in afghanistan. arthel? >> arthel: molly henneberg, thank you very much for that report from washington. >> rick: fox news extreme weather alert. powerful winter storm in southern california practically bring life there to a near halt. a vital highway cut off by ice and snow this week is now open again. folks there nowhere near out of the woods. maria molina, they're not used to this kind of weather. >> they've been looking at very cold temperatures for today and actually been above average over the last couple of weeks. it's kind of a shocker when you've been used to the warm temperatures and now reality check comes in and it's january and it's supposed
possibility that the obama administration might stop the easy sale of the scariest guns to the scariest people has aroused the slippery slope crowd. these cousins of the grassy knoll folks believe that any limit on the wide open market for guns and ammo threatens their own hardware. any reasonable action by the american people to stop the carnage is to these paranoids the first unfaltering step to mass confiscation of everything from shotguns to daisy rifles. well, tonight we let you hear from the craziest of the crazies. my question, are the regular gun owners of this country, the people who go out and hunt in hunting season, the people who shoot skeet or simply like to pack their own bullets, regular gun enthusiasts, are they going to listen to these nut cases or joe biden when he offers proposals next week on background checks and high capacity magazines? who are the people that are going to decide this issue -- i mean the gun owners -- going to go with, the wild bunch or the town posse? david corn is washington bureau chief for "mother jones." joy reid is managing editor of the grio. both
of the tension -- detiention. $10 billion for detention operations. it is a priority for the obama administration. the guiding principle is that nobody in i.c.e. custody is serving a prison sentence. the idea is to transform a prison-like system into one keeping with i.c.e.'s criminal detention authority. in to thousand nine at the outset of this process, -- in 2009, at the outset of this process, oversight has been a major challenge. another talent has been the broad mandatory detention rules and the i.c.e. interpretation of those rules. i/c/e/ -- i.c.e. has alternative forms of detention and open up programs to alternative detainees. there is a lack of experience for immigration officials. unlike b.o.p., this is not what dhs was structured to do. it has created a risk assessment tool to determine who is a flight risk or a danger to others, and where to place individual detainees in the system. centralized management of and also terminated dozens of detention contracts and renegotiated others. these have been significant steps. many groups have raised concerns, including the american bar associa
administration by the department of transportation in 2009 by president barack obama. he has over see the disbursement throughout the country through the american reinvestment act and has done so meeting every milestone established by that act. getting money into hands of transit operators whose budgets were severely strained by the worse economic downturn since our great depression. please welcome fta administrator peter rogof. [applause] >> well thank you mayor lee and let me just say as the federal transit administrator it's great to be in a federal transit city. as many people know a rail connection was promised to the people of union square and chinatown going on two decades. they made that promise because this quarter is the most densely populated quarter in the entire western united states that doesn't have an adequate rail connection and that promise was made because we have the opportunity here to cut the commute for tens of thousands of people everyday in half by this investment. the vast majority of the people don't own a car. they depend on transit. well today through p
's legacy will loom large over the obama administration and the american economy for years to come. starting with his role as head of the new york federal reserve, he was pivotal is the rescue regime and the ugly glory. he's been a lightning rod for criticism and apparent unwillingness to hold wall street accountable for the financial crash. those choices have reprecushions to day for the millions of workers and borrowers. he rescued the giant aig was is appreciate fwhad company that aig is airing commercials thanking american people for their generous assistance. >> we're a leading global company in america. >> we paid every dollar america lent to us. >> everything plus a profit of more than $22 billion. >> for the american people. >> thank you, america. >> not everyone at aig, however, is to grateful. the company's former chairman hank greenberg is suing the federal government for making the terms of the bailout too restrictive. aig considered joining a lawsuit this week before declining. the suit and aig's resurgence after the rescue engineered by geithner are a reminder that we're all li
for the candidate -- for the cabinet but does he reflect the obama administration's stated core values? for me, i still have a lot of questions about that. >> i want to bring in stephen. i'm wondering this. don't gay members of the military have reason then to be concerned knowing that the gains made in diversity and equality in the military could perhaps come under the leadership of a man who saw things differently? >> well, i think heather's questions are legitimate and fair. and i think that that is exactly what senate foreign relations committee hearings like this are all about is to pose questions and get answers where that person is. that said, i don't want to make this about me, but i happen to have -- i am a gay american. i am involved in national security foreign policy issues and i worked in the united states senate for a democrat. but i've known hagel for years. it just so happened i wrote about a discussion i had had about the efforts which sometimes look dicey to repeal don't ask, don't tell two years ago with senator hagel and i wrote about it. before the current controversy, i wrot
and take steps to protect our industries from those unfair practices. the obama administration has levied some stiff penalties on the whole solar area but the fact is the horse is out of the barn on this issue. it is hard to see whether the industry will never recover from the damage done by those practices. >> host: henry e-mails i feel so disillusioned hearing what you have to say but as a consumer i feel like america has experienced such great progress and prosperity since the 50s when i was born. do you see america in decline or do we continue to improve in spite of ourselves? are you optimistic about america? >> i am decidedly pessimistic. we haven't touched on any of the books, but if you do any reading on the issue you can see this charge coming down the road and that is roebucks. for so long roebucks did one thing, punched a hole or fashioned a screw or something. now they do multiple tasks. once that takes hold this is going to result in the elimination of untold jobs and you can't complain because it is true productivity and like shipping stuff to china which is a giveaway to co
the debt ceiling to impose that spending discipline on this administration. face it, president obama is saying we don't have a spending problem. we have a spending problem, this nation. we have a deficit spending problem. >> right. >> we should be doing this incrementally. this is this debate is not going away. >> we've heard both sides, bumper stickers. back to my example of february the 15th. we had $52 billion in committed spending, $9 billion in money we're taking in. by the way, there isn't a chest of money sitting around for the extra stuff. i have a list there. interest, the biggest part. $30 billion. taking in $9 billion, have $30 billion in interest. you say there are other ways to handle that. tax refunds, federal salaries, military pay, $2.7 billion, medicare and med cape $2.3 billion, defense vendors, $1.5 billion, other stuff $4.4 billion. which one are you cutting, sir? >> you're taking a look at one day's -- >> i could pick any day. >> let's take a look at the year. in a year we will get about $2.5 trillion wortth of tax revenue. last year we spent $3.5 trillion. if yo
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